USA Women’s Water Polo Wins Group at Fina World League Super Final

The USA Women’s National Team took the Group B title at the 2018 FINA World League Super Final with a 10-7 win over Russia. Melissa Seidemann (Walnut Creek, CA/Stanford/NYAC) and Kiley Neushul (Isla Vista, CA/Stanford/NYAC) scored two goals each in the victory as the United States finished group play at 3-0. Team USA will now take on Australia on Thursday in quarterfinal action. The game is scheduled to be played at 7:30am et/4:30am pt but is subject to change. The match will stream live on FINA TV (subscription required) and can be accessed by clicking here. For more information on day three of the FINA World League Super Final, click here.

Russia started the match strong taking a 2-1 lead in the first, before Team USA was able to draw level at the end of the opening period. In the second, Team USA surged ahead, outscoring Russia 2-0 to build a 4-2 advantage at halftime. Russia battled back to within a goal at 6-5 in the third before the United States rebuilt their lead to 9-6 in the fourth. Russia cut the deficit to 9-7, with 4:08 to play, but Paige Hauschild (Santa Barbara, CA/USC/Santa Barbara 805) connected on a power play strike for a 10-7 lead. That would end the scoring as the United States held on for a three goal victory.

Team USA was dominant on the advantage going 6/8 on power plays and 2/2 on penalties. Russia was 3/9 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty.

“Russia played tough and they do many different things well,” said USA Head Coach Adam Krikorian. “They have one of the best players in the world in Ekaterina (Prokofyeva) and a bunch of players that are physical. Russia has an unorthodox style, like Japan, and it takes time adjusting. We handled it well, but we were not that sharp. It’s important to learn from each game we play.”

USA 10 (2, 2, 4, 2) M. Seidemann 2, K. Neushul 2, B. Games 1, P. Hauschild 1, M. Steffens 1, J. Neushul 1, S. Haralabidis 1, A. Fischer 1
RUS 7 (2, 0, 3, 2) E. Ivanova 2, D. Rhyzkova 2, A. Simanovich 1, E. Prokofyeva 1, A. Serzhantova 1
6×5 – USA – 6/8 – RUS – 3/9
Penalties – USA – 2/2 – RUS – 0/0

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Bardet finalises Tour de France preparation at Criterium du Dauphine – News Shorts

Romain Bardet will begin his final preparations for the Tour de France at the Critérium du Dauphiné this weekend. The Frenchman will lead a strong AG2R La Mondiale squad that includes Oliver Naesen, Alexis Vuillermoz, Tony Gallopin and Pierre Latour. Alexis Gougeard and Axel Domont complete the line-up.

Bardet finished sixth at last year’s race but appeared in the podium in 2016, finishing second behind Chris Froome. Bardet has not raced since the Ardennes last month, where he finished third at Liège-Bastogne-Liège and ninth at Flèche Wallone. He has one win to his name so far this season, after going on a solo attack at the Classic de l’Ardèche Rhône Crussol, beating Max Schachmann by 47 seconds.

Bardet finished an altitude training camp earlier this week, where the riders clocked up almost 1,500km of riding, and is ready to get back into racing. “After taking a good break, I headed to the Sierra Nevada to take part in my usual altitude training camp, which I finished on May 27th,” he said in a team press release.

“It’s an important moment in the year, and not only from a physical point of view, as I approach the Dauphiné with a lot of motivation. It’s a fantastic race and acts as much more than just a launching pad for the Tour. Doing well there is a definite validation of the level of a rider and his team. The 2018 route is very selective, with important moments such as the team time trial stage, and the final days that will be nervous and very demanding. I am anxious to get back to racing.”

The Criterium du Dauphine will take place from June 3 to June 10, beginning with a 6.6-kilometre time trial in Valence.

AG2R La Mondiale for the Critèrium du Dauphinè: Romain Bardet, Alexis Gougeard, Alexis Vuillermoz, Oliver Naesen, Tony Gallopin, Axel Domont and Pierre Latour.

Romain Bardet (AG2R la Mondiale) third at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Soler and Roson headline Movistar Dauphinè squad

Paris-Nice winner Marc Soler will headline a relatively youthful squad at the Critèrium du Dauphinè alongside Jaime Roson. Imanol Erviti will be the only rider above the age of 25, but Jasha Sutterlin will also provide a wealth of experience.

Completing the line-up for the Spanish squad at the eight-day race will be Jorge Arcas, Hector Carretero and Jaime Castrillo.

The 24-year-old Soler enjoyed a breakthrough win at Paris-Nice in March, beating Simon Yates after a long-range attack on the final day of racing. He then became the first reigning Paris-Nice champion in 31 years to take to the start line at Paris-Roubaix, spending most of the day in the breakaway before eventually abandoning.

He missed the Ardennes Classics and took a break following the one-day race before making a brief return at the three-day Vuelta Aragon in the middle of May. Roson won the overall classification at the Vuelta Aragon by four seconds over Delko Marseilles’ Javier Moreno. The 25-year-old also finished eighth overall at Tirreno-Adriatico.

Movistar for the Critèrium du Dauphinè: Marc Soler, Jaime Roson, Imanol Erviti, Jasha Sutterlin, Jorge Arcas, Hector Carretero and Jaime Castrillo.

Flanders Classics takes on cyclo-cross

Tour of Flanders organiser Flanders Classics have decided to expand their repertoire into cyclo-cross. The Belgian company now owns the country’s biggest cyclo-cross series, the Superprestige.

“We are proud that the Superprestige now sails under the same flag as the Tour of Flanders. Road racing and cyclo-cross have a rich history in Flanders and we are now trying to bring this piece of history together. The cyclocross and the road season blend seamlessly with one another, as Wout Van Aert emphasized this spring with his strong performance in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Flanders Classics is pleased to receive the confidence from Etienne Gevaert and his team to further expand cyclo-cross,” Flanders Classics boss Wouter Vandenhaute in a press release.

The 2017-2018 Superprestige series consisted of eight events across Belgium and the Netherlands. Mathieu van der Poel won six of the men’s races and went on to win the overall competition. In the women’s series, Maud Kaptheijns got off to a storming start but a late surge from Sanne Cant saw her win by two points.

As well as the Tour of Flanders, Flanders Classics also runs Gent-Wevelgem, Dwars door Vlaanderen, Scheldeprijs, Brabantse Pijl and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

Wout Van Aert (Belgium)

Lawrence Naesen out with mononucleosis

Lawrence Naesen (Lotto Soudal) has been ruled out of racing for the foreseeable future due to mononucleosis. The 25-year-old confirmed on Twitter that he would have to sit on the sidelines for a while as he recovers from the illness.

Naesen is in his first year at WorldTour level after signing up with Lotto Soudal at the end of last season. He is the younger brother of AG2R La Mondiale rider, and current Belgian national champion, Oliver.

Mononucleosis does not have a defined recovery period and can take anything from a few weeks to years to clear. Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) missed part of last season because of it but was able to return for the Tour de France. While Team Sky’s Benat Intxausti has struggled with it for several years, competing in just 20 days of racing since the start of the 2016 season.

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What is FTP in cycling and how do I test and improve it?

Recently got a power meter, know you need to do an FTP test but don’t know quite what that means? We explain Functional Threshold Power and its uses…

If you’re training for performance then the term FTP – which stands for Functional Threshold Power – will probably have come up at some point.

Measured in watts, FTP is the average power that a rider can produce over the course of an hour.

FTP is expressed in terms of watts per kilo – the power produced divided by the rider’s weight. It’s a nominal value based on the theory that you would need more power to go at the same speed, and less if you lose weight – even though taking slope, aerodynamics and rolling resistance into account that isn’t always the case.

>>> How to use training software to hit peak form

Where once power meters were reserved for the pro peloton and very dedicated athletes, they’ve become much more popular in recent years and the arrival of smart turbo trainers has meant that even more riders have access to the magical world of wattdom.

Knowing how to train with a power meter is crucial to getting the most from one – and understanding FTP is pretty much the first step.

What does FTP tell you?

FTP is often used as the most accessible measure of fitness – when combined with weight and ideally heart rate data.

If you’re training for an event, you can measure FTP every four weeks to track progress. If the number goes up without your weight also increasing, you should have become fitter.

The ideal situation is that FTP has gone up, weight has gone down and heart rate to produce the same power is lower – but unless you’re starting from a fairly low level of fitness it would be incredibly hard to manage all three.

What are the limitations of FTP?

Whilst FTP is an effective measure of fitness, it lacks specificity.

A time trial rider trains their body to cope well with long, sustained efforts. A sprinter focuses on short, sharp accelerations.

The result is that if FTP is used as the only measure of fitness, then the tester will probably appear to be the ‘stronger’ rider on paper, but the sprinter has their own set of skills which certainly can’t be overlooked.

Time trial experts will have high FTPs – here’s Fabian Cancellara on his way to gold at the 2016 Olympic Games. Photo: Graham Watson

If you’re focusing on improving your sprinting, then it’s possible you might even lose a little fitness on the endurance side – but a dropped FTP would not represent a failure.

When testing FTP, therefore, it’s worth bearing in mind what you’ve been working on of late, and perhaps testing in conjunction with shorter efforts such as an all-out max five-second assessment.

Indoor training apps such as Zwift and TrainerRoad include FTP tests, which can be used to set intervals for training.

Going one better, The Sufferfest uses ‘4DimensionalPower’ (4DP), which looks at five-second, five-minute, 20-minute power as well as a one-minute effort following fatigue. The result is a picture of the rider’s Neuromuscular Power, Anaerobic Capacity, Maximal Aerobic Power and Functional Threshold Power. Looking at all of these figures each month would give an incredibly accurate representation of overall fitness.

How can you measure FTP?

There are several methods available.

The best option is to complete a time trial that will take about an hour – for example a 25-mile time trial. It’s much easier to get your best number when there’s another one pinned on your back.

Second best is to complete a one-hour criterium race and take the ‘normalised power’ number provided. Normalised power uses an algorithm to smooth out accelerations and is surprisingly accurate.


Zwift, TrainerRoad and The Sufferfest all have guided FTP tests you can take

Next, there’s the ‘FTP test’. The session given in Hunter Allen and Andrew Coggan’s book Training and Racing with a Power Meter may be growing in age (our edition dates back to 2010), but it’s still widely used and most training apps still stick with the protocol:

  • Warm up: 10 minutes spin then 3 x 1 minute fast cadence, 1 minute easy, 5 minute spin
  • 5 minute all out effort – go as hard as you can (press ‘Lap’ at start and finish)
  • 10 minute recovery
  • 20 minute all out effort (use that ‘Lap’ button again)
  • Cool down

Multiply the 20 minute effort by 0.95, to give you the number you’d get over an hour*.

*As a side note, personally I’ve always found that the number attained during the 20 minute indoor test, and my actual one hour performance in time trials outdoors, match up almost exactly. Perhaps it’s the effect of overheating indoors (even with a fan!), the lack of movement on a turbo, the ability to push harder in a race, or maybe even a bit of laziness. These are individual factors though – but certainly do not be surprised if your ‘indoor’ number is lower than your ‘outdoor’ number – this is very common – just make sure your expectations in training line up. 

How do you go about improving FTP?

You FTP will be used to set your training zones.

The exact percentages and training zones vary depending upon the coach that’s using them – but in ‘Training and Racing with a Power Meter’ Allen and Coggan promote those below:

Zone Percentage of FTP Use for
1 <55% Active recovery
2 56-75% Long, endurance rides
3 76-90% Tempo rides aimed at improving endurance at high effort
4 91-105% 8-30 mintue intervals focused on improving FTP
5 106-120% 3-8 minute ‘V02 max’ intervals
6 121-150% 30sec-3minute efforts focused on improving anaerobic capacity
7 N/A Efforts less than 30 seconds, sprinting, neuromuscular power

With these zones, you can establish which systems you want to target. Ideally, this will be periodised so you’re working on different attributes to suit your goals through the year.

If improving your FTP is a target, the something like this strength building block of 2×20 would be a good place to start.

There’s more indoor cycling sessions suggested here, with information on the target zones and what you’d expect to get out of them.

How ‘good’ is your FTP?

Firstly, the numbers vary depending upon the power meter used. Only very slightly, by a couple of per cent – but for that reason it’s not worth setting up bragging rights between you and your friends. Let your actual performance on the road do that.

If you’re desperate to know, however, then there are several handy readily available charts which show average ability across athletes when it comes to FTP, five minute, one minute and five second power output.

Checking out your performance across all four durations is a really good way of establishing your strengths and weaknesses as a rider. Almost essential if you want to compete in competitive events outside of the endurance realm of time trials.

The basic numbers for FTP – as listed by Allen and Coggan – look a bit like this:

World Class Pro Domestic Pro Cat 1 Cat 2 Cat 3 Cat 4 and 5
Male 5.6 – 6.4  w/kg 5.2 – 5.7  w/kg 4.6 – 5.3  w/kg 4.0 – 4.7 w/kg 3.4 – 4.1  w/kg 2.4 – 3.6  w/kg
Female 5.3 – 5.6  w/kg 4.5 – 5.2  w/kg 4.0 – 4.6  w/kg 3.5 – 4.1  w/kg 2.9 – 3.6  w/kg  2.0 – 3.1  w/kg

These numbers are based on the US system where categories start at five which is worth bearing in mind.

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Virginia Tech Announces 17 Commitments for 2018-19 Season

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Virginia Tech announces the addition of four new Hokies, who join 17 previously announced commitments, set to hit the pool for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs in the fall of 2018. The class is comprised of! 16 swimmers and five divers.

Multiple athletes in the class bring a wealth of international experience to the program and many are represented within college swimming’s top 100 prospects list. Recruiting coordinator Josh Huger considers the class to be one of the most talented in the history of the program, is expecting many of the athlete’s to make a major impact.

“This is a class that we have put a lot of time and energy into forming,” said Huger. “This group features national team members, European Championship qualifiers, US Olympic trial qualifiers, 18 & Under U.S. national champions, national finalists, junior national finalists and state champions. The energy surrounding our program right now is being seen directly in the level of our recruiting and it is exciting to see the direction that this team is heading.”

“As we welcome Coach Lopez Miro to Hokie Nation, this group of athletes coupled with the expertise and leadership that he brings, will help change Virginia Tech Swimming and Diving forever.”

Coach Lopez Miro who has trained 18 Olympians, including six medalists during his distinguished career is extremely excited to welcome the new additions to the program.

“I am very lucky to inherit such a talented recruiting class, who alongside our current team members will build upon the strong foundation of Virginia Tech Swimming and Diving,” said Miro. “I can’t wait to have everyone on campus so we can start working as a team to develop a mindset and skill set where anything is possible.”


Annalee Johnson
Stafford, Va.

Events: 100 Breaststroke – 1:02.68 | 200 Breaststroke – 2:13.67 | 200 IM – 2:04.55

Prior to Virginia Tech: Transfer from Penn State… Saw action in e14 meets including the Big Ten Championships at Penn State… 2016 US Olympic Trial Qualifier… Team MVP… Three-time Academic All-American… Junior National finalist

Huger on Johnson: “I have had the privilege of knowing the Johnson family for the better part of a decade and have been able to watch Annalee grow up into a fantastic young woman. I’m excited for her to be joining Hokie Nation and can’t wait to see what the future holds for her here in Blacksburg.”

Jen Hauser
Bloomingdale Ill.

Events: 50 Free – 23.33 | 100 Free – 52.20 | 100 Breaststroke – 1:05.19

Prior to Virginia Tech: NCSA Finalist… IHSA qualifier… Illinois Swimming Senior Championship qualifier

Huger on Hauser: “Jen made it clear from the very beginning of the recruiting process that she was meant to be a Hokie. Her spirit and energy embodies what the Hokie Nation stands for and we look forward to all that she will contribute to our program both in and out of the pool.”

Maya Atkins
Richmond, Va.

Events: 50 Free – 23.68 | 100 Free – 51.89 | 100 Breaststroke – 1:02.33 | 200 Breaststroke – 2:16.62

Prior to Virginia Tech: Junior National qualifier… VHSL finalist… VA Senior Championships finalist… NCSA qualifier

Huger on Atkins: “Maya is another athlete that we are extremely excited to have staying in the great state of Virginia! She saw massive improvements this past season and has established herself as an athlete that will contribute immediately at the ACC level. We’re excited for all that Maya brings to the table!”

Ben Hicks
New Market, Md.

Events: 100 Back – 50.76 | 200 Back – 1:47.57 | 200 IM – 1:50.68 | 400 IM – 3:56.06

Prior to Virginia Tech: Summer juniors qualifier… Winter juniors qualifier… MD Senior Championships finalist

Huger on Hicks: “Ben comes from a long line of Hokies in his family. He has excelled both in the classroom and pool during his club career and we are excited about all that he will bring to the Hokies in the fall!”



Abby Larson
Williamsburg, Va.

Events: 50 Free – 22.88 | 100 Free – 49.53 | 200 Free – 1:49.53

Prior to Virginia Tech: US Open finalist… Junior National finalist… Virginia 4A state record holder… Seven time VHSL 4A State Champion.

Huger on Larson: “We’re extremely excited to welcome Abby to Hokie Nation! She is proving herself to be one of the top sprinters in her class and is coming off a very exciting high school career. We’re excited to watch her continue to emerge as one of the top-sprinters.”

Alex Slayton
Yorktown, Va.

Events: 50 Free – 23.41 | 100 Free – 51.45 | 200 Free – 1:51.76 | 100 Back – 55.28

Prior to Virginia Tech: VHSL 3A State Champion

Huger on Slayton: “Alex is somebody that we are extremely excited to bring to Virginia Tech. Her energy and outlook will take her very far. We are excited to watch her continue progressing at the ACC and NCAA levels.”

Anna Landon
Falls Church, Va.

Events: 50 Free – 22.91 | 100 Free – 50.87 | 100 Breaststroke – 1:03.35

Prior to Virginia Tech: Junior National finalist… VHSL 5A state record holder… NCSA finalist.

Huger on Landon: “We are extremely excited to keep Anna in the state of Virginia. Coming from a swimming family, she has improved at a rapid rate over this past seasons. We expect her to immediately contribute to our sprint program.”

Brooke Leftwich
Roanoke, Va.

Events: Diving

Prior to Virginia Tech: 2018 Gold medalist in the 3A Virginia High School state championships… 2017 Silver medalist in the 3A Virginia High School state championships. Competed in the 2017 USA Diving Zone A Championships on 1 and 3 meter.

Diving Coach Ron Piemonte on Leftwich: “Brooke has only been in the sport of diving for a very short time. She was a runner up in the High School State Championships after diving less than a year. At the time of an injury, Brooke was a very high level gymnast, which led to her switch to diving. She has great physical ability, a model work ethic, and is showing technique and difficulty mainly found in divers with much more experience. I believe that Brooke can turn out to be a very big surprise in the conference, and will continue to become more and more competitive as she gains experience.”

Izzi Mroz
Denver, Colo.

Events: Diving

Prior to Virginia Tech: 2018 & 2017 Colorado 4A State High School Champion… Multiple time national qualifier on 1-meter, 3-meter, and platform.

Piemonte on Mroz: “Izzi brings to the H2Okies a very good background in the sport and possesses the type of athleticism that I really look for in a diver. I feel she can immediately impact the diving squad with her ability and depth, and feel she will be another great addition to our team because of her attitude and dedication.”

Lauren Meeker
Mechanicsville, Va.

Events: 100 Back – 55.92 | 200 Back – 1:57.60 | 200 Fly – 2:03.65 | 200 IM – 2:03.22 | 400 IM – 4:21.03

Prior to Virginia Tech: 2016 US Olympic Trials qualifier… US National qualifier

Huger on Meeker: “Lauren has always been a Hokie. As a 2016 US Olympic Trials qualifier, we knew that she was someone that we needed to have on our roster for next and we look for her to be able to contribute immediately. With the addition of Lauren, it gives us one of the deepest backstroke groups in the NCAA. We look forward to continuing to make our presence felt in these events nationally.”

Loulou Vos
Uxbridge, GBR

Events: 100 Free – 50.53 | 200 Free – 1:45.55 | 500 Free – 4:44.64 | 1,000 Free – 9:53.85

Prior to Virginia Tech: European Championship Qualifier… European Junior Championship qualifier

Huger on Vos: “Loulou was our first commitment in the Class of 2018 – in what is the strongest women’s recruiting class that we have ever brought in to Virginia Tech. Since her commitment she has seen big improvement in her swimming and has really been able to put herself into an elite category. Her background and personality will help our women’s team continue progressing at the rapid rate that we are seeing. We look forward to having her here in the fall.”

Natalia Fryckowska
Szczecin, Poland

Events: 50 Free – 22.48 | 100 Free – 49.78 | 50 Breaststroke – 28.80 | 50 Fly – 25.14

Prior to Virginia Tech: European Championships finalist… European Junior Games finalist

Huger on Fryckowska: “From the start we knew that Natalia was someone who would play a role in taking our women’s sprint program to the next level. She has a contagious personality and a desire to be great. It will be exciting to see all that she can accomplish during the next four years here at Tech and beyond. Natalia has big things ahead.”

Teagan Moravek
Loveland, Ohio

Events: Diving

Prior to Virginia Tech: 2018 Ohio Division I State Champion… 2017 Qualifier for the USA Diving National Championships on both 1 and 3 meter

Piemonte on Moravek: “Teagan seems to me to be another ‘diamond in the rough’. She is a relative newcomer to the sport, yet seems to get better and better every season. She is a very strong and very competitive diver, which makes me look forward to furthering Teagan’s development in the sport. I really feel that she can come in and be a significant factor for our program right away.”

Alex Wright
Olympia, Wash.

Events: 400 IM – 3:54.76 | 200 Fly – 1:48.27 | 200 Back – 1:47.91 | 1,650 Freestyle – 15:27.34
1,000 Free – 9:20.85 | 500 Free – 4:27.68 | 200 Free – 1:39.67

Prior to Virginia Tech: Winter National Finalist… Sectional Finalist

Huger on Wright: “Alex joins a team of men that we are extremely excited about having here at Virginia Tech. There were certain areas that we needed to address on our men’s roster due to graduations. We had an immediate connection with Alex and he should be able to step in and help us from the start in specific areas of need.”

Andrew Scott
Richmond, Va.

Events: Diving

Prior to Virginia Tech: Virginia Independent Schools State Champion… Junior national qualifier on platform.

Piemonte on Scott: “Andrew is a very technical and determined student of the sport. He understands mechanics, and displays very good skill and technique. I am looking forward to working with Andrew, and I am sure that as he gets stronger, his level of difficulty will increase, and he will be a huge factor for the H2Okies.”

Brennen Doss
Midlothian, Va.

Events: 1,650 Free – 15:28.68 | 1,000 Free – 9:12.29 | 500 Free – 4:27.61 | 200 Free – 1:39.02
200 Fly – 1:50.06 | 100 Fly – 50.41

Prior to Virginia Tech: ISCA Junior Champion… Winter National qualifier… Junior National qualifier

Huger on Doss: “Brennen is one of the top distance swimmers coming out of the state of Virginia and we are happy to keep him close to home. We knew we wanted Brennen on our team from the start. He is a second generation Hokie, so he knows what it means to wear the maroon and orange. Brennen brings a fierce competitor spirit and we expect him to make an immediate impact. We are excited for what Brennen brings to our program both in and out of the pool.”

Blake Manoff
Haymarket, Va.

Events: 200 Free – 1:36.70 | 500 Free – 4:25.78 | 200 Fly – 1:45.74 | 100 Fly – 48.17

Prior to Virginia Tech: USA Swimming 18 & Under National Champion… US National Finalist… US Junior National Finalist… TYR Age Group Swimmer of the Month

Huger on Manoff: “When we began our recruiting process, we knew that Blake was going to do big things. Looking at what he accomplished during the summer of 2017, we knew that he was setting himself up for a breakout short course season, but we didn’t realize it would be this big. Blake has emerged as one of the top swimmers in not only the class of 2018, but more importantly in the United States. He should come in and immediately make an impact for us in multiple events.”

Dylan Eichberg
Fredericksburg, Va.

Events: 200 Fly – 1:46.13 | 100 Fly – 49.99 | 200 IM – 1:48.85 | 200 Free – 1:39.88 | 200 Breaststroke – 2:01.98

Prior to Virginia Tech: Summer Juniors qualifier… Winter National qualifier

Huger on Eichberg: “We were extremely excited to keep Dylan at home and swimming for the Hokies. As one of the top swimmers in the state of Virginia, Dylan’s energy and swimming outlook will take him very far in this sport. Dylan continued to develop during his senior year and we expect him to be ready to come in swimming.”

Henry Claesson
Lagrange, Ill.

Events: 50 Free – 20.44 | 100 Free – 44.85 | 200 Free– 1:37.85 | 100 Fly – 48.35 | 200 Fly – 1:48.76

Prior to Virginia Tech: IHSA Finalist… Summer Juniors Qualifier

Huger on Claesson: “Henry is a great swimming talent who just keeps getting better and better, and we are extremely excited to have join our family here at Virginia Tech. We knew from the start that he was someone that we needed to have in our program. We are excited to watch him continue developing on the ACC and NCAA stages.”

Keith Myburgh
Roanoke, Va.

Events: 400 IM – 3:45.85 | 200 IM – 1:46.68 | 200 Breaststroke – 1:58.26 | 100 Breaststroke – 54.40
200 Fly – 1:47.30 | 200 Back – 1:47.16 | 500 Free – 4:24.81

Prior to Virginia Tech: Four-time Virginia 3A State Champion… Virginia 3A State Record Holder… 2016 US Olympic Trials Qualifier… ISCA Junior Champion… Nationally holds the top 400 IM time in the 2018 recruiting class.

Huger on Myburgh: “Keith comes to Virginia Tech as one of the fastest IMers in history coming out of high school, and he enters with the fastest 400 IM time in the nation from the 2018 recruiting class. He is set to join a rich history of swimmers here at Tech – with numerous ACC Champions and NCAA All-Americans – and we’re excited to watch him add his name to that growing list. We fully expect Keith to make his presence felt at all levels.”

Noah Zawadzki
Greensboro, N.C.

Events: Diving

Prior to Virginia Tech: Multi-time Junior National qualifier and Junior National Finalist… North Carolina State Champion

Piemonte on Zawadzki: “Noah is perhaps one of the most acrobatic athletes I’ve ever seen. He is strong, super-fast, and extremely versatile in all directions of somersaulting and twisting. He can perform the most difficult dives easily, and I am looking forward to building more consistency in his diving. I see Noah making an immediate impact for us on all three levels, as a Freshman.”

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‘Chris Froome is not a cycling legend’: Bernard Hinault hits out Giro d’Italia champ as he equals Frenchman’s record

The Badger takes aim at Chris Froome after Team Sky rider becomes just the third rider to hold all three Grand Tour titles concurrently

Bernard Hinault has hit out at newly-crowned Giro d’Italia champion Chris Froome after Froome became just the third rider in history – after Hinault and Eddy Merckx – to hold all three of cycling’s Grand Tours at once.

In an interview with Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, the five-time Tour de France, three-time Giro d’Italia, and two-time Vuelta a España winner said that Froome did not deserve to be listed alongside him as one of the legends of the sport.

“Froome does not belong on that list [of legends of cycling],” Hinault said in the wake of Froome’s victory in the Giro d’Italia, which he completed with an investigation into an adverse analytical finding at the 2017 Vuelta a España still ongoing.

>>> What numbers do you need to win the Giro d’Italia? Chris Froome’s power data analysed

Hinault, who served a one-month ban for refusing to take a doping test just two days after he had won the Tour de France 1982, also hit out at the fact that Froome was allowed to take part in the Giro with uncertainty continuing over the salbutamol case.

“He should never have been allowed to start in the Giro,” Hinault continued. “Why do we have to wait so long for a verdict? What right does Froome have to get so much time to find an explanation?”

With UCI president David Lappartient having said that it is unlikely that Froome’s case will be resolved before July, the 33-year-old now looks almost certain to take to the start of the Tour de France on July 7 with the salbutamol case still ongoing.

>>> France vs Froome: Why Chris Froome can expect a more hostile reception at the Tour de France

Discussing this situation, Hinault described Froome’s possible presence at the Tour as a “real scandal”, leading to the possibility of some frosty podium proceedings if Froome hits form in July and Hinault, taking on his usual podium role, is charged with presenting the Team Sky rider with his prizes after a stage.

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Ariana Kukors Smith Speaks Out About Civil Suit on Megyn Kelly TODAY Show

Photo Courtesy: The “Megyn Kelly TODAY” show

Earlier this month, Ariana Kukors Smith filed a civil suit in Orange County Superior Court against her former coach Sean HutchisonMark SchubertUSA Swimming, Aquatics Management Group Inc., Western Zone Swimming, King Aquatic Club, and Pacific Northwest Swimming. The civil suit names the complaint for damages as sexual abuse of a minor, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The civil suit follows accusations that Hutchison sexually assaulted her as a teenager and continued to do so for close to a decade. The suit also alleges that USA Swimming knew about the relationship between Kukors Smith and Hutchison.

Today, Kukors Smith and her lawyer, Robert Allard, appeared on the tv show “Megyn Kelly TODAY” to talk about the civil suit and what it means to her.

In addition to talking about the current civil suit, Kelly and Kukors Smith discussed the 2010 investigation and how it was handled by all parties. From the start, Kukors Smith explained that this civil suit is about accountability.

When asked about the different individuals and corporations named within the civil suit, Allard commented that in swimming “it was the worst kept secret around. Everybody knew about this relationship, the red flags were everywhere, and they just did not do anything to protect her.”

He continued by explaining that while the civil suit is definitely about Hutchison and what he did, it is also about the “people who knew about this. People who were in a position to help Ariana when she was young.”

The segment on “Megyn Kelly TODAY” concluded with Kukors Smith stating that she is “hopeful” about the outcomes of the civil suit and current criminal investigation.

Watch the full Today show video here:

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Watch: Australian cyclist stands absolutely no chance as he’s taken out by kangaroo

Thankfully both the rider and kangaroo appear to be unharmed

Roo-turn of the Aussie cyclist’s biggest nemesis

For those of you familiar with the uniquely Australian sport of kangaroo-dodging while out on the bike, we have the latest instalment for you. This week’s takedown was sent in from Barry (let’s be honest, we’re calling him Bazza) of Perth, Western Australia.

Posted by Cycliq on Friday, May 18, 2018

A bunch of riders in Australia had their group ride rudely interrupted in unusual circumstances when a kangaroo bounded into the group and took out a rider.

Video of the incident, which took place during a morning ride in November, shows that group of riders peacefully making their way along a rural road when the kangaroo emerges from the undergrowth.

The footage, filmed on a Cycliq Fly12 camera, shows the kangaroo bounding from the right-hand side of the road and bouncing straight into the wheels of a rider in the middle of a group who never stood a chance of avoiding the animal or staying upright.

Unsurprisingly the rider hits the deck while the kangaroo is quickly back on its feet and is able to quickly bounce back into the undergrowth from whence it came.

>>> Watch: Magpie attacks cyclist in Australia; government urges riders to ‘take extra precautions’

Thankfully the riders were travelling fairly slowly at the time of the crash, meaning that only one rider went down and even he was quickly able to get to his feet.

While run-ins with kangaroos might seems exotic for European riders more used to dodging squirrels, rabbits, and the occasional deer, this is far from the first time we have seen an Aussie rider come to grief in a collision with a kangaroo.

A similar video from earlier this year shows another rider having a slightly more painful wildlife encounter as she was taken out at head height by a kangaroo at the height of its bounce.

Another video from 2017 showed a rider having a very lucky escape as he misses a kangaroo by inches while taking on a descent at more than 70kmh, while a third rider also somehow managed to keep things upright when a kangaroo jumped clean over his head on a group ride.

Either way, whether they make contact or not, it’s fair to say that these kangaroos are just a bit more dangerous than the squirrels we get over here.

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Steel bikes: best of British metal

Steel is real, as they say…

“A hard, strong grey or bluish grey alloy of iron with carbon and usually other elements, used as a structural material and in manufacturing.”

That’s the Oxford Dictionary’s definition of steel. In every application it’s considered to be cold and hard, but uniquely the people who build bicycles out of it are likely to define it much more warmly, emotively, even poetically until you could easily be forgiven for thinking steel was something living and breathing.

“I always think steel has a life of its own,” concurs Tony Woodrup of Woodrup Cycles. “You’re getting that feel from it. And you can always tell a steel bike – it looks like a proper bike.”

>>> What makes a good carbon bike?

>>> Aluminium road bikes explained

More practically steel bikes are easily built with custom geometry and fittings, easily repaired, strong and reliable.

Why do people buy steel bikes?

In a world of bog-standardisation, where even the pros are no longer allowed to ride custom frames, steel frame-building has become revitalised in the USA and in Britain.

“Go along to Bespoked,” says Richard Hallett of Hallett Handbuilt Cycles. “The way the small-scale custom scene has gone is that the standards in many ways are higher than they’ve ever been. If you go back 30 years there were a few who had a reputation for high quality, but there were many that were workmanlike. These days the mass market is well catered for [with Far East-made carbon], so people who want a custom steel frame expect more than workmanlike – there are wonderful finishes and people are using their imagination. It’s more a means of self expression, so people who want custom need very capable frame-builders.”

The bike selection…

To illustrate the diversity of the steel bike scene we’ve brought together four very different bikes. There’s no sense in comparing them to each other and attempting to make on of them the ‘winner’ since most of them are bespoke.

The custom brands we’ve included: Enigma, Woodrup and Hallett, will build you pretty much any bike you want. So instead of creating a ‘shootout’ and a winner, we’ve spoken to the people who created the bikes and given them the chance to talk about what steel means to them and to walk us through a bike that best represents what they do.

Custom isn’t an option for everyone – but that doesn’t render steel out of your grasp. There are plenty of off-the-peg options, for example the Genesis Equilibrium which we’ve included below.

Woodrup Il Primo Max £7,999 (£1,800 frame only)

Steel bikes

Maurice Woodrup started building frames in Leeds in 1949. Since then the brazing torch has been passed to Maurice’s son, Steve, who has been building since the 1960s and most recently Tony, his grandson.

Barry Hoban won Tour de France stages on Woodrups, and other famous pro-racing customers Hugh Porter and Sid Barras.

Now Tony Woodrup is building custom frames for steel-loving customers who often have a clear idea of what they want, but just in case they don’t Woodrup offers what Tony calls “set models” – of which the Il Primo is one, to give them a starting point.

“We’ve always had an Il Primo in the range – my grandfather was making them,” says Tony. It’s our top-end race frame and it tends to be more racing geometry but we could build an Il Primo with mudguards. We can change the clearances and things like that.

“I built this one for myself – the ones I build for myself tend to be show bikes – to replace one with beautiful hand-cut lugs that got pringled when I got knocked off last July.

“I’ve always been a big Star Wars fan so that’s why I’ve got the Jedi motif cut into the seat tube bilaminate lug. I thought a little bit of the Force might keep me on this one!”

To the Max

Tony chose Columbus Max, what he calls “a legendary tubeset. I wanted something very stiff – I’m best part of 16st – so I needed something that was going to be able to handle that. Max is very rigid but it’s also very light. A lot of people think it’s one of the heavier ones but it’s paper thin and the bike came in at a very nice weight.

“I like lugless frames – but we do built quite a lot of lugged frames, we do some really classic bilam lugs similar to the Jedi motif I’ve done for that bike and we do quite a lot of those cut-ins.

“The colour is like the icing on the cake. Because there are so many colours out there you do need a bit of inspiration. I live next to a Lotus garage and I saw an Exige in that green colour and thought, that is absolutely beautiful. So the colour came from there. Obviously it’s custom geometry so it should do but it’s a wonderful bike and it rides fantastically.”

Frame: Woodrup Il Primo Columbus Max 700c, Di2, 44 ID head tube. Jedi bilam seat lug, polished stainless head badge and stainless cable sliders on head tube.

Size shown: 60cm, Weight: 7.98kg

Set up: Enve 2.0 fork, Shimano Dura-Ace 9150 Di2 groupset, 52/36, 11-28, Enve 4.5 wheels with Chris King hubs, Enve finishing kit

Enigma Extensor XCR £4,699 (£1,999 frame only)

Steel bikes

Enigma is best known for its UK-built titanium frames – 90 per cent of its business according to boss Jim Walker – but Walker himself has always not-so-secretly ridden a steel bike and that’s why Enigma makes them at its Hailsham, East Sussex factory alongside the custom titanium. However, Walker is no traditionalist.

“We don’t build lugged or fillet-brazed steel frames – there are plenty of small builders doing that type of stuff. Our emphasis is on leading-edge materials – Columbus Spirit, HSS and [stainless] XCR – and construction methods enabling us to build very modern steel frames that are viable alternatives to frames built from composites or the latest generation aluminium. We like to think we build ‘modern classic’ steel frames that still deliver the wonderful steel ride quality but can also compete in performance terms with the best composite frames.”

“We’ve got three framebuilders – Joe [Walker, Jim’s son] does all the stainless steel and the titanium because he’s very good at it – we believe Joe is the best exponent of TIG welded bicycle frame construction in the country.”

Law of averages

“Probably 75 per cent of what we do is off-the peg geometry. The geometry we offer is based on averages. Most people will fit within average parameters and as long as the bike is set up perfectly for them then there shouldn’t be an issue. Custom isn’t always necessary and it’s not necessary in most cases.

The Extensor is made from stainless Columbus XCR tubing, which has a very high stiffness-to-weight ratio. “Each one is built to order so that does allow for a certain amount of customisation without going too off-piste,” says Walker. “We can tweak them a little bit or we can do full custom.

“We can do all sorts of finishes, especially with stainless steel – polishing, blasting, anodizing – so that’s one our key strengths.”

Walker points out that the customisation element doesn’t have to be in the frame geometry, it can be in the finish. “As well as our three frame-builders we’ve got two painters. This Klein-inspired paint is for a showroom. We just want people to walk in and go ‘bloody hell, that’s cool.’ Not everyone is going to like it but it’s certainly something that grabs you. I used to love those Klein colours – they really nailed it and it’s nice to resurrect that sort of finish.”

Frame: Enigma Extensor Columbus XCR stainless frame, four-colour custom painted

Size: 56cm, Weight: 7.98kg

Set up: C-Six RD-SL full-carbon monocoque fork, Shimano Ultegra groupset with Dura-Ace brakes, 50/34, 11-28,  Mavic Ksyrium Pro Exalith SL wheels and Yksion tyres, Enigm finishing kit

Hallett Fast Road £3,500 (£1,550 frame and fork)

Steel bikes

Richard Hallett won ‘Best Touring Bicycle’ at the Bespoked show in 2015 just a year after he’d learnt to build under the late Cliff Shrubb. That was for his 650B randonneur – a wheelsize he championed some years before it became mainstream again.

The standard 700C-wheeled Fast Road is, he says, “what would 15 or 20 years ago have been a racing bike – a lightweight steel road bike. If you put a carbon fork in you could race on it.”

Hallett, who custom-builds everything to order from his workshop in West Wales, prides himself on being able to fine-tune the ride quality of his bikes exactly to the requirements of the customer using bilaminates – sleeves that are welded over the tube ends at their junctures, often decoratively cut. “The great thing about bilaminates is that you can braze one to the end of the tube and materially affect the way that tube bends at its end,’ he explains. You can’t do that with titanium. You can’t affect the mechanical characteristics of the tube yourself, but you can with bilaminates.”

In the Zona

Hallett used Columbus Zona tubing for the Fast Road with a bilaminate BB and main triangle. The fork blades and rear stays are brushed stainless. One of the best things about working with steel is the wide range of tubes available, Hallett says. “There are down tubes in different diameters with different butts, just from the catalogue of the manufacturer.

“I’m about to build a frame for a bloke who weighs 130kg, so you go to a much larger-diameter top tube and seat tube – an inch-and-a-quarter top tube and an inch-and-three-eighths down tube.”

Hallett believes above all in the ride of a well made steel bike. “The way I’ve always put it is that the ride quality of steel is what other manufacturers aim to match, because up to the 1990s that was the benchmark. And it’s particularly difficult to match it in aluminium or carbon. Steel has the highest modulus of metals used for bike frames: you get the same stiffness out of smaller-diameter tubes. If you look at titanium or aluminium they have large tubes, meaning the frame becomes very stiff.

“The only reason for using anything other than steel is to save weight,” he concludes. Steel established a standard. Ride tuning, vibration damping – compared to steel frames the others lack it.”

Read more: Hallett Fast Road review

Frame: Hallett Handbuilt Cycles Fast Road Zona

Size: 56cm, Weight: 9kg

Set up: Shimano Ultegra groupset, 50/34, 11-28, Shimano Ultegra wheels, Continental GP4000 tyres, Pro LT finishing kit

Off-the-peg: Genesis Equilibrium Disc 20

 Genesis Equilibrium Disc 20 Steel bikes

Of course, not everyone has the finances to go custom – but you can certainly enter the steel market with an off-the peg frame.

Genesis offers one such  option – the Genesis Equilibrium Disc 20 coming in at £1999 for 2018 – we’ve tested previous models and been impressed.

Since Vin Cox broke the round-the-world record on a Genesis Croix de Fer in 2010 the British brand has been steadily building a reputation for producing steel bikes for the type of rugged, self-sufficient, fully loaded adventure cycling that is capturing a lot of people’s imaginations at the moment. You just need to look at the Genesis Bicycle Blog on the website for stories of epic long-distance trips into the unknown aboard its bikes.

At the other end of the steel spectrum one of Genesis’s other early adventures in steel was to supply the Madison Genesis road race team with a Volare race bike made from Reynolds 953 stainless – the first time a steel bike had been used in pro racing for some years.

Genesis bikes are built in Taiwan, which keeps the cost down below that of the other British bikes in this test. However, the brand still thinks of itself as occupying the same space as the custom builders.

“We’re actually still quite a small brand, which gives us the freedom to do what we want and build bikes that we like to ride,” says Mike Anderson of Madison, Genesis’s distributor. “It’s helped us to build quite a strong cult following, but we’re still trying to do a lot of the same things as the custom guys, so there’s definitely an affinity there.”

Bike for all seasons

The Equilibrium is what Anderson describes as “traditional at the same time as being progressive. You get the ride quality of steel and the stopping ability of disc brakes so it’s a bike for all conditions and all seasons.”

The Equilibrium is built from TIG welded Reynolds 725 tubing, which Reynolds says has similar mechanical properties to its legendary 753, which was the ultimate tubeset some 40 years ago.

“And people will be still using steel to build bikes for years to come,” says Anderson. “Apart from having a classic look like nothing else, steel is a material from which you can build many different bikes for many different purposes” – as Genesis has demonstrated.

Read more: Genesis Equilibrium Disc 20 review

Frame: Reynolds 725 Heat-Treated Chromoly, Carbon Road Disc w/ 1-1/8 fork

Size range: XS – XL, Weight in Medium: 10kg (model tested, 2017 Genesis Equilibrium Disc 30)

Set up: Shimano 105 groupset, Genesis SR220/28h wheels, Celement Strada tyres, Genesis finishing kit

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Tour de Suisse 2018 start list: Peter Sagan, Nairo Quintana, and Richie Porte all set to ride

Provisional ist of riders taking part in the 2018 Tour de Suisse (June 9-17)

With the Tour de France not too far around the corner, we look at the team rosters for the 2018 Tour de Suisse start list, which takes place over June 9-17.

The start list is still provisional, but we are guaranteed to see some big-name riders take to the start line in Frauenfeld with the race arguably boasting a stronger field than the Critérium du Dauphiné – the other major Tour warm-up race.

With three mountain stages, two of which have summit finishes, this tough parcours is the perfect tune-up for the general classification contenders in July.

Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin) will be wearing number one, but will face tough competition to defend his title. Richie Porte has the backing of an exceptionally strong BMC Racing team that also includes Rohan Dennis, Tejay van Garderen, and Greg Van Avermaet while Nairo Quintana leads Movistar‘s charge.

Other potential contenders for the GC include Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb), Sergio Henao (Team Sky), Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo).

However the Tour de Suisse is not just about the mountains, with a strong field of sprinters in attendance to battle it out for victory on at least two of the stages.

Three-time world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) is the star attraction, but will be up against it after being unable to beat Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) – who will also be in Switzerland – at the Tour of California.

John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo), Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ), and André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) will also fancy their chances in the sprints.

>>> Tour de Suisse 2018: Latest news, reports and info

Tour de Suisse start list (provisional)

Katusha – Alpecin
1 SPILAK Simon
3 HAAS Nathan
6 SMIT Willie
7 CRAS Steff

BMC Racing
11 PORTE Richie
12 GERRANS Simon
13 KÜNG Stefan
14 DENNIS Rohan
15 SCHAR Michael

21 ALBASINI Michael
22 BAUER Jack
24 EDMONDSON Alexander
25 HAIG Jack
26 HAYMAN Mathew

Team Sunweb
32 GESCHKE Simon
33 KÄMNA Lennard
34 ARNDT Nikias
35 ANDERSEN Søren Kragh
36 MATTHEWS Michael
37 THEUNS Edward

Ag2r La Mondiale
41 FRANK Mathias
42 DENZ Nico
43 DILLIER Silvan
44 PETERS Nans
46 GAUTIER Cyril

52 FRAILE Omar
53 GATTO Oscar
54 GRUZDEV Dmitriy
55 HANSEN Jesper
57 ZAKHAROV Artyom

65 KOREN Kristijan
66 PADUN Mark

Bora – Hansgrohe
71 SAGAN Peter
73 KONRAD Patrick
75 OSS Daniel
76 SAGAN Juraj
77 BODNAR Maciej

Trek – Segafredo
81 MOLLEMA Bauke
83 GOGL Michael
84 DE KORT Koen
85 RAST Gregory
86 STETINA Peter
87 STUYVEN Jasper

Groupama – FDJ
91 DÉMARE Arnaud
92 CIMOLAI Davide
95 LE GAC Olivier
97 VICHOT Arthur

Lotto Soudal
102 GREIPEL André
104 MAES Nikolas
105 MONFORT Maxime
106 SIEBERG Marcel
107 DE BUYST Jasper

111 QUINTANA Nairo
112 BENNATI Daniele
113 LANDA Mikel
114 OLIVEIRA Nelson
115 AMADOR Andrey
116 ROJAS José Joaquín
117 VALVERDE Alejandro

Quick-Step Floors
121 GILBERT Philippe
122 GAVIRIA Fernando
124 KEISSE Iljo
126 MAS Enric
127 RICHEZE Maximiliano

Dimension Data
131 VERMOTE Julien
132 DOUGALL Nick
134 KUDUS Merhawi
135 MORTON Lachlan
136 SLAGTER Tom-Jelte
137 DAVIES Scott

EF Education First-Drapac
142 BROWN Nathan
143 CARTHY Hugh
144 CLARKE William
145 BRESCHEL Matti
146 PHINNEY Taylor

152 BATTAGLIN Enrico
153 BOUWMAN Koen
154 LEEZER Tom
155 LINDEMAN Bert-Jan
156 TANKINK Bram
157 WYNANTS Maarten

Team Sky
161 HENAO Sergio Luis
162 DOULL Owain
164 HENAO Sebastián
165 DEIGNAN Philip
166 LOPEZ David
167 ROSA Diego

UAE Team Emirates
171 COSTA Rui
172 GANNA Filippo
173 KRISTOFF Alexander
174 POLANC Jan
175 SWIFT Ben
176 TROIA Oliviero
177 ULISSI Diego
178 ATAPUMA Darwin

Aqua Blue Sport
181 DENIFL Stefan
183 DUNBAR Edward
184 DUNNE Conor
185 GATE Aaron
186 PEARSON Daniel
187 WARBASSE Larry

Direct Energie
191 CALMEJANE Lilian
192 BOUDAT Thomas
193 GRELLIER Fabien
195 QUEMENEUR Perrig
196 SICARD Romain

Nippo – Vini Fantini
201 CUNEGO Damiano
202 GROSU Eduard Michael
205 ITO Masakazu
207 ZACCANTI Filippo

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